City Council Regular Meeting, February 2019

March 2nd, 2019  |  Published in Observer Reports

Feb. 25, 2019

Present: Vice Mayor Anne Williams presided over the meeting as Mayor Weiss was out of town. Council members present: Sean Malone, Rob Zimmerman, Juliana Johnston Senturia, Nancy Moore, Earl Williams. Tres Roeder was absent.

Also present: Chief Administrative Officer Jeri Chaikin, Law Director William M. Ondrey Gruber, Finance Director Robert H. Baker, Director of Public Works Patricia Speese, Director of Communications and Marketing Victoria Blank, Planning Director Joyce G. Braverman

Ms. Williams called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

The minutes of the Jan. 14, 2019, meeting were approved.

Nine out of 10 items on the agenda were passed declaring an emergency.

Items on the agenda unanimously approved:

A permit for Lee Road Learning Center, a child daycare center, at 3663 Lee Road

A dedication as a right-of-way of the city-owned median on University Boulevard NW between the city’s boundary with University Heights and Fairmount Circle

Authorization of a contract with GPD Group for $63,311 for consulting services for the Huntington Sanitary Sewer Overflow project

Authorization of a contract with Jack Doheny Cos., without formal competitive bidding, for the purchase of a Vactor Trailer (a vehicle that uses high pressure water jetters to clean sewer mains and laterals and is pivotal to cleaning and inspection work) that had been rented by the city for $20,750 plus $17,250 in additional rental payments. The purchase is more fiscally responsible when compared to renting the equipment on a month-to-month basis.

An amendment making appropriations for reimbursement of $1,995.17 received from Medical Mutual of Ohio to be used for Lunch and Learn events. This is a reimbursement to the city from money employees dedicated to their health spending accounts but did not use. It is a “use it or lose it” situation for the employees as any amount that is not used is given to the city.

Authorization of a contract with Shark & Minnow Inc. for professional marketing and public relations consulting to promote Moreland Infill Housing for $30,000–the total contract with the company not to exceed $165,000.

Authorization of a contract with Coventry Land Co. in the amount of $50,000 for professional sustainability consulting services

Approval to enter into a contract with Dise & Co. for professional consulting services for the recruitment of an Economic Development Director (a position that has been posted on the city’s website,, and other websites since May 2018). The city has interviewed a number of candidates but has not found the ideal person for the job and feels the best option is to hire a human resources consulting firm. The job was previously held by Tania Menesse, who is now the Director of Community Development for the City of Cleveland.

The authorization of various Then and Now Certificates requested by the Finance Director for the payment of various purchase orders

Approval of a liquor permit for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink at 3427 Tuttle Rd. in the Van Aken District

There was no public comment on any of the agenda items, but there was public comment thanking Council for making the Lee Road area a little better. It was suggested that the city could get a better return on its investment in the Moreland and Lomond areas if it considered a three-lane configuration on Lee Road. Ms. Williams thanked the gentleman for sharing his comments and said Council has been discussing many suggestions to revitalize the area.

Audrey Morris

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